I read the column excerpted below with a mixture of prior knowledge, disgust and disdain. First, where I depart from the writer is in his admiration for Richard Milhous Nixon. Both Nixon and Kissinger were partners in the cynical policy of detente. The Jews were not the only victims of detente; millions of Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Lithuanians, Latvians, Estonians and Hungarians, as well as East Germans were enslaved. Not to mention North Koreans, Chinese and Vietnamese. We couldn’t fight all those countries, but we didn’t need to prop them up either.
In other words, I sincerely believe that Kissinger was an “equal opportunity cynic”.
The one debt that we sort of owe him, along with Alexander Haig, was keeping our country on an even keep while Nixon’s mental health and honesty problems threatened to utterly destroy the world’s most powerful democracy.
Otherwise, I mince no words for either.
Kissinger, court Jews and Anti-Semites (link)
Few would be shocked with details of further anti-Semitic outbursts by former president Richard Nixon revealed in the latest transcripts of tapes released from the Nixon library. He was a vulgar man whose foul mouthing extended beyond Jews to Afro-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and other ethnic groups.
One need only read Yehuda Avner’s recent book “The Prime Ministers” [pages 246-248], which provides transcripts of the Nixon tapes clearly demonstrating that it was the president who overruled his Jewish Secretary of State, ordering him to pull out all the stops to airfreight weapons to Israel at a critical turning point in the war.
We are now privy to Kissinger’s notorious outburst to Nixon following a meeting with Golda Meir during which she pleaded for the White House to support efforts to free Soviet Jews. What he subsequently said will undoubtedly haunt him for the rest of his life:
“The immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern.” He ended this obscene remark by conceding that gassing Jews “may be a humanitarian concern.”
Even in his worst moments, Nixon never suggested that he would stand aside whilst a replay of the Holocaust took place. It was Kissinger, the Jewish Secretary of State and himself a refugee from Nazi persecution who had he remained in Germany would probably have been gassed, made this obscene remark. As it was, he lost 13 of his close relatives during the Shoa.
Had Louis Farrakhan or Mel Gibson said something remotely similar, there would rightly have been an impassioned outcry.